Review: Bound by His Desert Diamond by Andie Brock


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This is another new to me HQN author. The book was suitably soap opera-ish, and I enjoyed Brock’s writing style. Too bad I didn’t care for either protagonist. Anna was a doormat, and Zahir was just not at all likable. The lack of security for either one of them, as they are both royalty, was also maddening and unbelievable, especially since Zahir insisted that terrorists were a huge problem in his country, and his parents had been murdered by an assassin. The thought of them driving each other around on sightseeing tours, Anna in a beat up jalopy, no less, just seemed the height of a security incident in the making. Despite how impoverished her country was, her father would have still been forced to cough up a serious ransom if she had been kidnapped. Anyhoooo….

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Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

 

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Review by Poo Penny

This was delightful! Angelique is a strong female lead, who is intelligent, and the backbone of her family. Her brother is an idiot. Boy, if I were her, I would have slapped the shit out of him in the scene after she wakes up from bringing him home in his drunken stupor. The hero, Alex, is not overly domineering, which is a relief. He doesn’t act like just because he is interested in Angelique he gets to dictate much of anything, but he does try to be overly helpful in a lot of situations.

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Review: Baby on the Oregon Trail by Lynna Banning

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I love stories about traveling West on the Oregon Trail. I can’t imagine surviving the journey across thousands of miles in a covered wagon, battling the elements, hungry, thirst, disease, and the Native tribes. I am always drawn to these stories, and Baby on the Oregon Trail was mostly a successful read.
At first I couldn’t stand Jenna or her stepdaughters. They were all so mean and unpleasant. I could certainly understand Jenna’s frustration; she’s pregnant, she’s been forced on a journey she don’t want to be on, and her husband has just been shot dead for trying to steal a horse. Now in charge of her late husband’s bickering daughters, she’s at her wits end. She doesn’t even know how to hitch and drive the two old oxen that pull the wagon. And she’s terrified of large animals. She has no survival skills, and they have just started out on the long trip West. Ugh.

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Review: Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

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Review by Poo Penny

Well, actually the story progressed quite nicely surrounding the MC in this book, and I enjoyed the back and forth between Uptown and Holly, I had planned on rating this book 3.5 stars, and rounding up, however, there was something that really pissed me off. In the scene where they have sex, good ole virginal Holly says the MOST ridiculous thing for someone to say in a contemporary setting.  Something along the lines of “you don’t have to wear the condom with me, I want to feel you.” And well, MAYBE, after dating for a while and sleeping together together for a while, in the heat of the moment, it’s something you forget, but not your first time. You barely know the guy, but you KNOW he has sex regularly, you want to find out about STD’s the hard way? Or get pregnant? Whatever, this really hits a nerve with me though. How stupid can you be. At least he left it on.

I am enjoying the DKMC drama, turns out Digger is up to something. I am curious to find out what since the club found out he was working with Sugar, supposedly a nemesis of theirs. and what will happen when Whale stops showing up to stuff?

Grade: 2.5 stars

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Review: Defying Her Billionaire Protector by Angela Bissell

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Another stalker story! There was never a confrontation with the stalker, and the suspense elements were almost non-existent, so I never felt that uncomfortable surge of anxiety that the heroine would be in deadly danger, so all was good. The stalker sub-plot was used as a convenient excuse to whisk Marietta away to Nico’s secluded island. While a touch too convenient, I could roll with it. Who doesn’t want to spend a week on a beautiful island with a devastatingly attractive man?

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Review: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake

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I was really enjoying this until the end, when Alex ditches Elisa in her moment of need. He knows that a crazy stalker is after her, and he abandons her without a concern for her well-being, after losing his sh$t when he hears a rumor about her. I thought that there was more trust and substance to their relationship by that time, that he knew and understood all of the awful things she was forced to do until she could make a break for freedom after escaping from her cruel, controlling fiancé. But, nope, he didn’t even give her the benefit of that doubt.

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